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Hi I'm Sam

I am recently married, ride horses, work in a corporate finance department, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After growing up outside of New York City, my wife and I now live in Colorado. If that wasn't change enough, we now have 2 horses on our property. I enjoy projects around the house and getting out into the Mountains when I can. Now that I'm getting older, I'm trying to figure out tennis and golf, as it's harder to play basketball or lacrosse. I enjoy my work in a corporate finance department and look forward to the day when we have kids.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up within the Church but had few religious friends growing up. I had a lot of questions about many aspects of religion - mine and others. I began to take seriously the challenge of understanding Jesus Christ's teachings when I realized that I wanted to be like those people that most clearly followed his example. I recognized that these people were not sanctimonious - they were happier than anyone else. Members of the Mormon Church all vary in their challenges and progess in following Jesus Christ. However, as I personally started to practice Christ's teachings - praying, fasting, reading the Bible and Book of Mormon - I realized that Christ's teachings had the secrets to living happily. I've gone through many of the doubts that are commonly applied to religions - especially Mormons. While I still don't know a lot of things, I see patterns in the Scriptures and in my own life that help me realize that my doubts were narrow-sighted. It took me a long time to recognize how God communicates to us. Now I recognize the peace he gives us when we put our preconceptions aside. I've tried to be very sincere in my efforts to ask God if the church was true. I know that he has confirmed this to me over thousands of experiences. Weekly church meetings, talks with friends, prayers at night, times of fasting or going to the temple, experiences helping others - they all confirmed the same thing. At a certain point, I knew that I could not doubt these answers. I finally had the knowledge to become confident in the same things that once most plagued me. I know for a fact, that I am never more happy than when I'm most nearly living the teachings of Christ's church.

How I live my faith

As a missionary in Venezuela, I recognized that Christ organized a Church so that we would have others to fall back on. It seemed that too many good people did not get the help they could've used. Assisting those people as part of the Lord's church provided many great experiences. Now that I have a career, wife, and many things that I enjoy, it would be difficult to find similar experiences, were it not for the church. It gives me many opportunities to better live Christ's teachings and see his influence in our lives.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Sam
Mormons believe that God is literally their father. As any good father, God wants us to learn for ourselves how to progress, mature, and develop attributes that will enhance our ability to be happy. He knows that we can not learn such things by simply being told them. We must live those experiences to fully appreciate their meaning and develop our character. This includes the difficult experiences that God allows us to experience. He permits us to operate in a world where everyone can make their own choices, many of which will affect others. He leads and guides us throught this experience but does it in a way that allows us to choose for ourself the path we will follow. Only in this way can we best progress and understand our own natural tendencies, weaknesses, strengths, and opportunities. Show more Show less